The regional real estate, construction and hospitality sectors have been turned upside down over the last two years, with Covid-19 bringing these sectors to a halt. The impact of the pandemic remains, however, the resurrection of these vital sectors across the region is a welcome relief because they support the development of modern cities, which in turn have attracted commerce and tourism to the Middle East and North Africa.
This latest edition of Law Update, provides vital insights, updates and commentary on the latest trends taking shape across the real estate, construction, hotels and leisure sectors. The articles within this edition cover a broad range of topics, from what’s next for real estate in Dubai, to commentary on Saudi real estate, a market that is set to become the main bedrock of the region for years ahead. You will find articles on reforming real estate laws in Qatar, foreign investment and ownership in Oman, and mitigating risks on hotel construction projects and the lessons learnt from Covid.Read the full report
We routinely handle some of the ground breaking IP matters in the Middle East, acting for major global brands and international and regional right owners.
Entrusted with some of the most recognizable brands in the world, Al Tamimi & Company trade mark lawyers are amongst the most awarded in the region. Experts in the management of entire portfolios of trade marks on a regional basis, our services include:-
PATENTS & DESIGNS
Al Tamimi continues to be a leading force in the patent & design protection space in the Middle East through its services across the entire gamut of patent & design prosecution, litigation and commercialization matters for large scale portfolio proprietors.
Multijurisdictional Portfolio Management is a core strength of Al Tamimi Patent & Design lawyers. Compelling reasons why our clients have chosen to rely on us as their first line of defence for patent & design matters in the Middle East include the following:-
– International Experience
Our lawyers have international experience and exposure having worked with some of the most recognizable names in the international Intellectual Property business including regional inhouse experience. This translates into an in depth knowledge of cross border anti counterfeiting campaigns as well as patent systems and a true understanding of multijurisdictional issues especially in a region as complex as the Middle East.
– Regional Coordination
Having a centralized point of contact for patent matters makes sense in the Middle East as corresponding applications entering into the national phase of a PCT application or enjoying convention priority periods are filed. Our clients truly value the efficiency and reduced risk that flows from using a centralized contact point in a complex region. Relying on Al Tamimi as the regional coordinator means being able to depend on our expertise with the local laws and practices, our relationships with local agents and authorities, and our international level standards of advice and service.
Building on our firm’s strength as a pioneering litigation powerhouse, we continue to write history by helming the first ever patent infringement and revocation in the UAE. In the area of trademarks, Al Tamimi has participated in shaping numerous court principles in judgments establishing principles of well known marks, free riding and trade dress infringement, priority of ownership and confusing similarity factors.
MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT
We continue to work with major media companies and provide the contractual essential advice, protection of IP assets, defend the clients in defamation claims and underline the necessary guidelines for the operating staff, such as news reporters, representatives and correspondents overseas.
CONSUMER PROTECTION AND COMPETITION,
Our consumer and regulatory affairs lawyers regularly provide clients, including manufacturers and distributors, with legal advice concerning consumer protection and competition issues in line with various laws such as the Consumer Protection Law, the UAE Civil Code and the UAE Commercial Transactions Law. The team works closely with the Litigation department in order to gain a clear understanding of the courts’ approach in related circumstances for the benefit of our clients.
Our Privacy and Data Protection side, and owing to an unparalleled comparative knowledge and local insight that our lawyers have as regards the privacy related legal regimes in the whole Middle East, we are often called upon by many clients to coordinate data privacy compliance assignments for the whole region. We regularly renders advice in relation to the data privacy and information security issues in the light of the legal thresholds protecting individual privacy as laid out in various laws of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, and Iraq. We also specialize in data compliance matters as regards the laws applicable to specially regulated free zones, such as, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and the Qatar Financial Center (QFC).
ADVERTISING AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS
This area remains quite rigidly regulated by the relevant authorities in the region particularly in the areas of promotional campaigns, marketing activities and competitions. We have extensive experience in approaching the relevant authorities in the region to verify the conformity of such activities. In addition, we are able to draw on the language skills of our Arabic-speaking lawyers to make specific enquiries to the relevant authorities including, for example, the Emirates Standards & Metrology Authority (ESMA) and the Consumer Protection Department of the Ministry of Economy. We advise on the standards and regulations that govern food additive, import and re-export requirements for foodstuff among other relevant regulatory issues.
INTELLECTUAL ASSET MANAGEMENT
Intellectual Asset Management is a core competency of our practice. We adopt a holistic approach in assisting our clients in realising the optimal potential in mining their intellectual assets to extract the maximum IP value from their investments in intangibles.
Our collective experience includes regional inhouse experience at a global FMCG giant, which means that we can draw upon our understanding of the inner mechanisms of corporate IP departments in conducting IP due diligence with a multijurisdictional approach in respect of mergers & acquisitions, complex licensing structures, and intellectual asset management across all IP subject matters including copyright, patent, trademark and designs.
We have an established network of IP associates in the major markets of the world with whom we could access in conducting the necessary due diligence and investigation on the targets’ IP worthiness as companies scour the world for investment grade IP opportunities.